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Grateful Dead Live at Seattle Center Arena on 1971-01-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Seattle Center Arena on 1971-01-24

Topics Live concert

Truckin', China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, It Hurts Me Too, Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia Hard To Handle, Turn On Your Lovelight > Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Turn On Your Lovelight > Drums > Good Lovin'

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Seattle Center Arena
Location Seattle, WA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > Cass > DAT > CDR
Taped by
Transferred by Paul Bottiglio and Mike Lai


SBD> MR> C> DAT> CDR; Truckin is missing the opening notes, Good Lovin reprise cuts at 0:24; via Mike Lai with thanks to Paul Bottiglio


Reviewer: deadheadnedwhite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2016
Subject: found this just before midnight PNW time
and what a juicy discovery !
a legendary show, though previously lost in the mists of our minds.
this is a gorgeous listen, as the boys are locked into a righteous groove.

-0.25 for occasionally over-saturated vocal mikes still makes this a 5 star. or better.

Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2016
Subject: Get back truckin on!!!
If the review by gdesilet for June 2004 is accurate then this was just the tip of the iceberg for the evening?
(Good Lovin > Uncle John's Band
that LIGHT INTO ASHES mentions
is that all the rest of what is missing?)

GRATEFUL for what's here!

Lovelight > N.F.A > G.D.T.R.F.B> Lovelight
> Drums > Good Lovin'
When they are hitting their stride as a band these transitions seem almost effortless.
Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2015
Subject: doug the dude -'remaster'
These are NOT multitrack tapes that can truly be 'remastered.' when Charlie Miller etc al. 'remasters' a 2 track ie stereo tape he generally removes the analog anomolies, the 'clicks & pops, hiss etc and of course attempts to get the best original source tape possible ie least analog generations. he also generally restores any edited banter etc but has few to no options with regard to a bad original mix such as hot vocals, too little organ as is prevalent in almost all 2 track tapes from 70/71. For example listen to the multi-track recordings from 4/71 at the F east where pigpens organ is audible and he is playing on almost every song compared to as I said the vast majority of 70/71 tapes where is is usually barely audible/inaudible. A so-called 'remaster' of a 2 track tape cannot fix the lack of organ or too much vocals or lack of drums etc
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2015
Subject: Short but excellent
No Dark Star or Other One, but Great energy
Reviewer: light into ashes - - March 8, 2013
Subject: the missing last reel
The last reel of 1/24/71 has been included on the Tapers Section:

Apparently it didn't come into circulation because of sonic problems - it was said to be "unlistenable" - but actually it's just a bit fluttery, not bad at all.

Good Lovin' is 20 minutes, and Phil segues into Uncle John's Band to conclude the show.
Actually they sound spent by that point, with not that much improv going on during the long Good Lovin'; Pigpen does a rambling rap, & Phil takes charge, but Garcia's getting sloppy, so it's a rather brutish version.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2013
Subject: --
In need of a remaster (vocals here are wayyyy too high vs. the instruments), but I think ol' CM and the like are probably more than likely keeping an eye out for the end of that suite, with Good Lovin' painfully cut into an eternal silence....

As for the rest of the show, it has a delightful presentation - more '70 than '71 due to Mickey's presence - a '71 with Mickey is a rare one indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this one, sound troubles and all, up until that ending moment when my deadhead nerd-nerves exploded.
Reviewer: jgmf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2012
Subject: hidden gem
4 stars because the sound is a little distorted, but man oh man this is a Pigfest. The From the start of Lovelight trough the end of the tape (and presumably early into the morning, no tapes rolling), this thing just scorches. Some special energy here.

I believe this is the last live drum duet done by Mickey and Billy until 10/20/74. I don't normally pay much attention to a drum interlude, but this one is worth your ear time.

Anyway ... Pigpen!
Reviewer: dwh9 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2011
Subject: the drummers
An individual in one of the above posts states
that Mickey Hart could never do a drum 'solo'
like Billy. Well Mr Hart is playing along side
Mr Kreutzmann. He did not leave the band for another month plus his signature cowbell rings along most of the tunes. He's there. This 'drummer' who wrote the post should take another listen. Plus this version is Mono. When the mix is mono both drummers sound like one big
Ginger Baker.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2011
Subject: where's the soundboard?
I'm only at the beginning of China Cat and I'm hooked on this show already. Where can the SB be found?
Reviewer: STEALyourFACE11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2010
Subject: Dirty Performance
A beautifully meandering China-Rider with a lot of soul. Make sure to download the soundboard version for a clean run through. The boys really wail through this one, I can groove on the Cumberland Blues, too.
Reviewer: August Six Seventy One - - May 25, 2009
Subject: Dead Heaven
Maybe it's cause '71 was the year of my first experience that I'm biased about it. But for me this is essentially the sound of the baby's first words. Listening to these recordings, I feel like the older sibling imploring the baby "Remind me about heaven, I'm starting to forget" ...God, I love this!!!
Reviewer: hampton87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2009
Subject: sweet seattle
how did i miss this show; i've been listening to the shows 'this date in history' or whatever they're called and somehow missed this one til today. wow. right now i am listening to gdtrfb for the second time because it kicks(along with e'thing) but listen to the beginning and there is definitely a jam worth listening to a the beginning; it sounds like an eyes tease, before there was an eyes of the world, nice. Pig rocks. God he just rocks. They all are rockin. Vocals are high but thats ok cause when they come out of a jam it just hits like a ton of bricks; very cool. Seattle. i lived there for several years and it was a very cool place. too bad kurt cobain never went to a dead show or his music might have been a lot better. thanks who so ever put this here!
Reviewer: The Tailgunner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2008
Subject: 1st GD show
Twas my first Dead show
16 years old and straight as an arrow - marked me for life.
Ian and Sylvia were the openers followed
by NRPS.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 29, 2008
Subject: THE PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I still miss him. God DAMN he's smokin' here.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2006
Subject: Seattle 24 Jan 71
Phil/ Pig...shoot all of the boyz are pretty smokin -
this is a hot tape
-- SB.

Vocals are a little high early but who wasnt?

To the two guys listed who recored this show --- we salute you!
Reviewer: 300 Shows - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2006
Subject: To Better Off Dead
Best way to verify authenticity on concert dates and locations is to thumb through the Sunday paper in the city (Seattle) for that time period (1/24/71)and verify through a classified advertisement of the show. Most shows were advertised in the Sunday Entertainment section in that city's largest publication. As far as the show is concerned, it was certainly a night of the Pigpen. Hard to Handle, 2 Lovelights and Good Lovin are vintage Pig
Reviewer: Kyrion - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2006
Subject: Fun show!
Raw and filled with fire. Listen to this one!
Reviewer: vguy72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2006
Subject: hard2handle
Some hot Pigpen here. Hard 2 Handle is incredible. I like how Bobby says they are running over on time and they are going to finish up with this number, then go on to play another half-hour. Good stuff.
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2006
Subject: just the best pig
I'm biased PIG RULES..the cut in GL kills. This is good/great stuff. Jerry's curling fills in a killer Cumberland. Pig's organ fills at the climax of Casey Jones. Billy's foot pedal in Sugar Mag and beyond.(OK, I'm a drummer, forgive me) but he's popping the hell out of it. Vocal harmonies that ring and Phil and Ron in top form. How bout when they stop in the first verse of HtH and let the audience finish the stanza. Bob's tinny 1st lead followed by Jer's "blisters on your back" follow up. Damn! The cover( a Rand McNally altas and a 1.5inch thick book about trees) just bounced off the top of my woofer. Bill continues to fire on all ports all the way through. Listen to those old oak Ludwigs ring during Good Lovin! Sorry, but Micky could never do that. Maybe the best Kreutz solo ever. What I would'nt do to hear what transpired after the cut and into the wee hours. Nirvana my ass! Welcome to Seattle.
Reviewer: fmichael - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2006
Subject: * * * * *
The clearest Sunshine Daydream I've heard in the last 33 years.

Pigpen's Lovelight really shines, again and again.

Blistering Not Fade Down the Road.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2005
Subject: Sizzling+
This whole show is incredible - Enjoy...
Reviewer: TheDead6595 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2004
Subject: Deadbase shows 1/25/71
I checked deadbase and they show no 1/24/71
show. They do show a 1/25/71 show at this venue.
Could be due to the late nite nature of the gig.
Reviewer: Dr Bob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2004
Subject: What a show it was, I was there too!
NRPS Opened this show, and for some reasion the Dead was a bit late getting on stage, which is most likely why the agreement was made between the SPD and who ever, that allowed them to start up again. What a show! This was my first of very many, and my first "surprise, your gonna be real high after drinking all that" however, that surprise left in ingrained on just how good Pig Pen could sound! He was perfect that night! This show has been miss-dated in the past on many many sites, but this date is correct. Thank you for posting the show, as soon as I started listening to it, I was back there again, and again, and again. Worth the download time, very good quality recording as well!
Reviewer: mystickaya - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2004
Subject: NICE '71 show!!!
Great show. I love the mixed up setlist!! A Big Lovelight love fest throughout the 2nd set!
Are you serious about that late night set!?!?!? Are there any recordings of it. I've never seen or heard of it!?
Reviewer: gdesilet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2004
Subject: i was there!!!
i too find information on this show lacking. i was there though and can confirm it was superb!!!
fairly small venue and a fairly small but very appreciative crowd. new riders opened with jerry and played a wonderful set! pigpen was in great form! the whole show was more like a dance although i do remember standing on chairs on the arena floor. excellent live sound quality. i remember thinking at the time how great the band sounded live. the cut in good lovin' is due to curfew and much of the crowd left as the lights were brought up too. some sort of deal was cut with the seattle cops and about 20 minutes later the band fired up again and didn't quit until almost 4:00 am. i got home at nearly 5:00 am. my parents were not thrilled... a great show and a great memory!!!
Reviewer: Better off DEAD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2004
Subject: Seattle 71?
I can't seem to find this show on any setlist site! Did the Dead really play Seattle 1-24-71
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